Richard Pieterse’s Meditations game is about cleaning and the struggle of being organized. As someone who is very disorganized and does not like cleaning, it is something that resonated with me, and the ending made me realize how I have improved in my organization and priority management over the past several years.
When you start the game, a sketch of a messy room, and you have the extremely simple task of clicking everything to either organize or get rid of the objects. It goes by quickly, and there is nothing too interesting about the way the organization is accomplished. It only has one limitation, which is that you can’t tidy objects that are under other objects. It was quite easy to figure out, and in the span of around twenty seconds, the room was looking better than ever.
Once you are done with cleaning, you are shown a side-by-side comparison between the room at the beginning of the game, and the room you created by organizing everything. They are largely different sketches, and it is amazing different the room looked just from cleaning up a bit. That’s all the game offers, but it wasn’t the end of the introspection that it made me go through.
When I read the description of the game, I assumed it was not one that would be for me. I am not a person who enjoys cleaning, and I don’t think I would like the gamification of it, either. I related to the disorganization and lack of priority optimization, but I did not believe the game would accurately portray those issues, and for that, I apologize.
Junior year of high school is when my grades started to drop harder than an EDM beat. I did not focus on completing my homework and instead focused on playing games or reading manga (I almost said reading anime, this is how you know that it is late and I am VERY tired). Looking back, I am ashamed that I did not try harder, or at all, for that matter. I only cared about English classes and shrugged off everything else because I thought I wouldn’t use the other class lessons later in life. So far that is true, but it was still a lousy excuse to not work.
By my senior year, I enjoyed more classes but was still genuinely uninterested in completing all of my assignments and not interested in looking at colleges. I knew what I wanted to do with my life, and didn’t think pursuing higher education would be useful. Earlier I almost wrote that I read anime, have misspelled words quite consistently, and almost certainly have grammatical issues in most of my work so far. The fact is that I want to make a living out of writing and to do that I need to improve as a writer which is something I have recently been excited about.
I’m currently in college and I am working on my fifth article today. Sure, these articles were supposed to release sooner, so my priorities aren’t perfect yet, but I am human, and humans make mistakes. The important part is to grow from the mistakes and to be eager to learn. I am at the point in my life where I enjoy working and am super eager to learn about different types of writing and all sorts of other things.
I have organized my life, and I am currently in a room that is clear of confusion. I have space where I work, complete school, and have time to do what I love. My thoughts are clear of the intense stress of getting out of the educational hole I dug, or the scary feeling of disapproval from people around me. I used to be in a bad mindset about priorities and thought I could do whatever I wanted to, but now I know what is best for me. Seeing the side-by-side comparison that Pieterse shows reminded me of the importance of self-improvement, and I hope it evoked the same feeling when you played it. If you haven’t played it, you will get the chance to on 1/24/20, and I hope your life is organized by then!